Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Alchemy Quiz by Jeannine West

The discovery that your body (not your mind) is listening to you will transform your life. Your mind runs old programs, "defaults" to all that is familiar in your life, even when what’s familiar is pain. The Alchemy of Self Healing will show you how to tap into your body wisdom that craves health and joy.  To get started with understanding your relationship to your body we’ve shared an excerpt from Chapter 1: The Alchemy Quiz

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
—Joseph Campbell

Everything is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion.
—Barry Lopez

The question to ask yourself is whose stories are holding you together? Did you choose those stories or are they your ancestors’ stories, an inheritance by default? Are they your childhood shame stories, your “I am less than” stories, your “otherness” stories? If your answer is “I don’t know,” the truth is this: Part of you does know. There may be resistance to knowing, and in Cranial Alchemy work we honor resistance. But let me repeat: Part of you knows. And that awareness can lead to relief when you realize that, cellularly at least, you actually do know it all.

The Cranial Alchemy process offers keys to keep you from being triggered and signposts for tracking the changes you yearn for in your life, whether those changes are physical, metaphysical, or metaphorical.

Simply by entertaining the idea that a part of you, in each moment, knows what you need can be a powerful first step. Next time you catch yourself saying “I don’t know,” I encourage you to add “right now.” That’s a truer statement.

The Alchemy Quiz: Rate Your Relationship with Your Body

Suffering is optional.

Transforming old, negative stories lodged inside is the key to bridging the disconnection between your body and your mind. Creating that bridge will enable you to create your life, business, and relationship in ways you might only imagine for now.

Ask yourself eight questions to help you track how integrated you are with your body at the moment. Your body is instant messaging you all the time!

1.                  What part of your body do you love without reservation?
2.                  How long did it just take you to answer question number one?
3.                  Which of the following best describes how that loved body part feels?
A) Flowing like a waterfall, B) glistening like sap on a tree, C) smooth as a rock, D) sparkling like a crystal, E) other, please write it in.
4.                   Now, what body part frustrates you most?
5.                  How long did that question take to answer compared to question one?
6.                  If you could have a conversation with the part you’re frustrated with to explain your feelings, what would the conversation sound like? Give a voice to that part and flesh it out (excuse the pun) with as much detail as possible. Does it have an accent? (One unforgettable example: a workshop client’s neck had a French cartoon voice.) Does it have a lot to say or very little? Give yourself three to five minutes and see what comes up for you, if anything.
Which of the following fit? A) A loud argument, B) a tearful monologue, C) it’s lost in translation, D) a gentle whispered hello, how’s it going in there conversation, E) I can’t do this.
7.                  My daily level of stress is: A) Off-the-charts high, B) medium, C) low, D) stress? What stress?
8.                  If my spine was an animal, I imagine it would be: A) A quick, gliding fish, B) a buzzing bee, C) a fossilized turtle, D) an octopus, E) other, please describe.

Warning! My tally system is as non-linear as I could create it. The value of this quiz is not in the tallied number but truly in your experience of the inquiry.

Tally as follows:

1.                  Ten points for being able to identify a body part you love without any “buts.” Deduct five points if you chose your heart. There’s a chance this is a cop out. Answering “heart” can come from social conditioning, a safe answer that might not allow a more authentic and unique truth to bubble up. You’ll know when you re-take the quiz in 30 days. At that point, if “heart” is your true answer, you’ll get your five points back.
2.                  If you answered question one right away, 10 points. Less than a minute, five points. Up to five minutes and you’re still not coming up with a part you love, zero points. (But all that will change after you’ve read this book.)
3.                  If you were able to easily give a description to question three, give yourself 40 points. If this was challenging, great. No points, but we’ll work on that.
4.                  Notice whether you jump to an internal part or an external part. Either way, add five points. The practice of noticing can be healing.
5.                  Ten points if it took you a long time to answer this (three to five minutes), zero if you answered right away, and five points if you had to think for a minute.
6.                  Ten points if you didn’t draw a blank.
7.                  Pretty much everyone taking this quiz is A or B. Five points for either answer. Eight points for C. If you answered D, you get 10 points for irony. Employing your sense of humor while taking a quiz is both healthy and creative.
8.                  Ten points for any answer and for gifting your spine with imagery. And if you were a fossilized turtle spine, there is a self-help exercise for that in Chapter 6.

80 points or over—The Fluid Alchemist
More than most people, you are in touch with your body, your creativity, and your ability to create. Cranial Alchemy can help you refine the tools you already have and will deepen your connection to the metaphorical, unseen support that surrounds you. You’ll enjoy accessing your internal Direction of Ease so you can create your life, health, and relationships in a powerful and juicy way.

40–80 points—The Searcher
You’ve done some inner work but have either a lack of internal focus or a scattered focus in terms of how you “show up” for yourself and your projects and maybe what you believe is possible in your life. You could use some reliable new tools for whatever transformation you desire. Realizing that you have a treasure trove to search inside yourself is key. Pay close attention to the metaphorical level discussions. Be certain to give extra attention to those exercises that seem most foreign to you.

Under 40—The Inner Apprentice
Work with the exercises in this book and watch yourself grow deep connective roots to the natural world, as well as gain the knowledge to shift perspective and calm your nervous system so you can reach your goals!

Jeannine Wiest is an advanced certified craniosacral therapist, Reiki master, and holistic coach in Los Angeles, California. She has danced on Broadway, dissected a human cadaver, and has clients ranging from corporate escapees to Oscar winners, from billionaires to chronically ill children in Bali.
Wiest received a BFA from Purchase College and holds craniosacral certification from The Upledger Institute, where she has been a longtime teaching assistant.
Wiest is a leading expert in combining craniosacral therapy concepts and creative principles. Her mission is to open people’s eyes to the significance of having a nature-based and metaphorical relationship with one’s own body.

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